Astepro (generic: azelastine) is a prescription medication used to treat nasal allergy symptoms such as runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, and itching. This medication belongs to a group of drugs called antihistamines. It works by preventing histamine release and by blocking histamine at receptors. Histamine is a chemical of the immune system that causes allergy symptoms.
Astepro comes in nasal spray form to be sprayed into your nose, usually twice a day.
Common side effects of Astepro include unusual taste, nose pain or discomfort, nosebleeds, and headache. Do not operate machinery or drive until you know how Astepro will affect you.
Astepro is a prescription medicine used to treat nasal allergies in adults and children ages 12 and older. Symptoms treated are:
- rhinitis, or inflammation of the lining of the nose
- runny or stuffy nose
- itchy nose
This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Side effects of Astepro Nasal Spray may include:
- unusual taste (bitter or sweet)
- nose pain or discomfort
Potentially serious side effects of Astepro include:
- heart palpitations and arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythm)
- serious allergic reaction (hives, itching, rash, swelling)
Talk to your doctor about any side effect that is bothersome or that does not go away.
This is not a complete list of Astepro side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take medicines that make you drowsy including:
- medicines for anxiety
- muscle relaxant medicines
- medicines for pain (narcotics)
- sleep medicines
- allergy medicines
- antipsychotic medicines
This is not a complete list of Astepro drug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Do not take Astepro if you are allergic to any ingredient in it.
Astepro can cause drowsiness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how this medicine affects you. Alcohol can worsen drowsiness. Avoid alcohol use with Astepro.
Avoid spraying Astepro into your eyes.
Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of Astepro there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving Astepro.
Before receiving Astepro, tell your doctor:
- about all of your medical conditions
- if you are allergic to any ingredient in Astepro. See "Forms of Medication".
- if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
Tell your doctor about all of the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Astepro will harm your unborn baby.
Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Astepro is excreted in human breast milk or if it will harm your nursing baby.
Astepro comes as a nasal spray to be sprayed into your nose, usually twice a day. Do not spray it into your eyes or mouth.
The Astepro bottle will need to be primed before you use it for the first time. You should see a fine mist after you do six priming sprays. This will indicate it is ready for use.
Blow your nose first. Then while spraying the medicine, gently breathe in (inhale). To avoid experiencing a bitter taste after taking Astepro, avoid tilting your head back right after taking Astepro.
After using 200 sprays, throw away the bottle.
Take Astepro exactly as prescribed. Follow the directions on your prescription bottle carefully.
If you take too much Astepro, call your local Poison Control Center or seek emergency medical attention right away.
Astepro Nasal Spray is available in two strengths: Astepro 0.1% (137 mcg of medication in each spray) and Astepro 0.15% (205.5 mcg of medication in each spray).
Active ingredient: azelastine hydrochloride
Inactive ingredients: sorbitol, sucralose, hypromellose, sodium citrate, edetate disodium, benzalkonium chloride, and purified water.
Store Astepro Nasal Spray at room temperature. Do not freeze.
Do not use Astepro after the expiration date "EXP" on the medicine label and box.
Keep this and all medicines out of the reach of children.